The Sandbox Hosts Its First Metaverse Wedding

Credit: Smobler Studios / The Sandbox

1-Group, Smobler Studios and The Sandbox held the first digital wedding in Singapore’s Alkaff Mansion. The wedding was held both in real life at the historic mansion and in The Sandbox metaverse.

The 70s disco-themed wedding took place on Saturday, September 17th between groom Clarence Chan and bride Joanne Tham. Chan is the founder of tech company Bandwagon and an NFT and Web3 enthusiast.

The Alkaff Mansion in Singapore is a legendary venue. The illustrious mansion was recreated in the metaverse by Web3 company Smobler Studios, which designed the distinctive architecture, 70s themed avatars, and and an avatar likeness of The Sandbox’s co-founder Sebastien Borget, who officiated the digital ceremony and pronounced the couple husband and wife.

After Sebastien’s avatar officially sealed the marriage, the couple’s avatars shared their first kiss in the metaverse as a married couple. Then they made their digital exit, as they had a real-life wedding to attend to — leaving the other guests to enjoy the party in The Sandbox.

Loretta Chen, the co-founder of Smobler Studio’s, said one of the benefits of the metaverse wedding is family and friends who otherwise might not be able to attend the wedding can now participate. 1-Group and Smobler plan to collaborate to make phygital and metaverse know-how and products for weddings and other events in the future.

The Sandbox and Decentraland Compete for Top Metaverse Spot

Bear markets are for building, and perhaps no two Web3 companies seem to understand that as well as The Sandbox and Decentraland. At Rarity Sniper, we’ve been reporting all year about these top decentralized metaverses as they compete for #1 spot. Let’s review some of the headlines from each metaverse.

First, here’s The Sandbox:

Now, here are some recent headlines about Decentraland:

Clearly, there’s been no shortage of activity happening in these metaverses, and the wedding that took place this weekend in The Sandbox is another great example of innovation taking place in virtual reality.

Of course, virtual weddings may not be for everyone and only time will tell if they catch on in popularity. But if they do, then the ceremony between Clarence Chan and Joanne Tham will be part of Web3 wedding history.